News & Events

February 8-11, 2024: AWP Conference & Bookfair, Kansas City Convention Center. River Teeth booth.

 

Now that AWP is over and you’re feeling inspired, why not prepare a submission for River Teeth and/or Beautiful Things? Our spring submissions are open until April 1st!
Head over to our website for more details on the submission process: https://riverteethjournal.com/

If you live in Indiana, please read about the dangers of SB 202 & sound your barbaric yawp in the direction of your representatives before the vote on Wednesday, Feb. 21st. Retweet like education in Indiana depends on it.

If This Were Fiction

If This Were Fiction

October 4, 2022

My new book is out! I’ve been writing essays for over fifteen years, and it’s been a glorious ride, but I’d never put out a collection of just Jill Christman essays between two covers. I’m thrilled to share the news that the good people at the University of Nebraska Press changed that on September 1, 2022 by releasing If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in their amazing American Lives series.

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Indelible

Indelible

In teaching news, Ball State honored my work with a group of students dedicated to raising awareness and providing resources around the issue of sexual violence on our nation’s campuses with a 2021 Immersive Learning Faculty Award. If you’re a member of a university community, I hope you’ll check out the details of our project at IndeliblePodcast.com …

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Past Events

January 27, 2023: English Reading Series, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City

March 8-11, 2023: AWP Conference & Bookfair, Seattle Convention Center. 

July 19-22, 2023: 50th Anniversary Midwest Writers Workshop, Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, Indiana.

December 3, 2022: Reading with Katy Didden, Indy Reads, Indianapolis

November 30, 2022: Reading, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend

November 17-19, 2022: Words & Music Festival, New Orleans

November 4-6, 2022: Texas Book Festival, Austin

October 27, 2022: The Multiplicity of Voice: Sonya Huber, Jill Christman, & Jody Keisner. A Room of One’s Own bookstore.

September 14th, 2022: A Conversation with Kate Hopper at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis

September 15th, 2022: Reading & Slideshow hosted by Mark Ehling with Mark Neely & others, Location TBD, Minneapolis

November 17th, 2022: If This Were Fiction Reading at the Words & Music Festival, New Orleans

 

Jill Spends Time at Essay Daily

If This Were Fiction

My new book is out! I’ve been writing essays for over fifteen years, and it’s been a glorious ride, but I’d never put out a collection of just Jill Christman essays between two covers …

If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays

If This Were Fiction: A Love Story in Essays

If This Were Fiction is a love story—for Jill Christman’s long-ago fiancé, who died young in a car accident; for her children; for her husband, Mark; and ultimately, for herself. In this collection, Christman takes on the wide range of situations and landscapes she encountered on her journey from wild child through wounded teen to mother, teacher, writer, and wife. Published in the American Lives series from University of Nebraska Press September 2022.

“Mr. Cosmos” at New Ohio Review

The title character of “Mr. Cosmos” is my fifth-grade science teacher from Newbury Elementary School in Massachusetts—a man so wonderful he would leap on his desk and do interpretive dances …

Spinning: Against the Rules of Angels

Spinning: Against the Rules of Angels was Creative Nonfiction Magazine’s True Story. Issue #12, 2017. For years, Jill Christman has been waiting for her long-lost lover to communicate with her from beyond the grave. Finally, he walks into her early-morning exercise class, setting her world awhirl.

Indelible

In teaching news, Ball State honored my work with a group of students dedicated to raising awareness and providing resources around the issue of sexual violence on our nation’s campuses with a 2021 Immersive Learning Faculty Award. If you’re a member of a university community, I hope you’ll check out the details of our project at IndeliblePodcast.com …

Falling

“Falling”—a longform essay—won the 2021 Iron Horse Literary Review Long Story Contest and was later released by IHLR released in a beautiful, illustrated, e-single that you can download for free. The essay’s core narrative chronicles the writer’s son’s fall from a sugar maple tree and explores how we navigate the scariest things and most profound losses.

Darkroom: A Family Exposure by Jill Christman

Darkroom: A Family Exposure

Winner of Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, Darkroom: A Family Exposure is Jill Christman’s gripping, funny, and wise account of her first thirty years. Although her story runs the gamut of dramatic life events, including childhood sexual abuse, accidental death, and psychological trauma, Christman’s poignant memoir is much more than a litany of horrors; instead, it is an open-eyed, wide-hearted, and good-humored look at a life worth surviving.